The Solar Energy Industries Association released an independent study projecting the positive economic impact of the U.S. Department of Treasury Grant Program and the Solar Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit. The study found that extending the TGP by two years and including solar manufacturing in the industry’s existing tax credit would add 200,000 new domestic jobs to the solar workforce and supporting industries in the U.S. Additionally, it would result in 10 gigawatts (GW) of new solar installations by 2016 -- enough to power 2 million homes.
This report provides a baseline assessment of the current state of energy efficiency-related education and training programs and analyzes training and education needs to support expected growth in the energy efficiency services workforce. In the last year, there has been a significant increase in funding for “green job” training and workforce development (including energy efficiency), through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Key segments of the energy efficiency services sector (EESS) have experienced significant growth during the past several years, and this growth is projected to continue and accelerate over the next decade.
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights launched the Making Green Work: Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training toolkit. The toolkit is a product of both the Ella Baker Center and the Oakland Apollo Alliance. Features: - Organization’s definition of a green collar job - Best practices for green jobs training programs - Case studies from California-based green jobs training programs - Resource section
This is from the O*NET Plenary Session: Greening the World of Work. Dave Rivkin and Phil Lewis from the O*NET Center presented the information.
Dixie Sommers from BLS presented the BLS Green Jobs Initiative and discussed the Federal Register Notice, www.bls.gov/green.
Greener Pathways outlines a plan of action for state policy makers, highlighting reform opportunities to embrace the greener and more equitable promise of the new energy economy. It was prepared by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, the Workforce Alliance, and the Apollo Alliance.
The Green Coast Innovation Zone (GCiZ) is a regional strategy to leverage public and private assets and natural resources to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship through research, business incubation, focused workforce development, targeted economic development and policy development. The GCiZ will focus on the emerging green economy including, renewable energy, and other technologies that promote sustainability as well as public engagement in the process of “going green.” The goal of the GCiZ is to facilitate in the transformation of a more sustainable economy and environment through targeted economic and workforce development opportunities in the three contiguous counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo in California. The three counties also have common geographic, demographic and economic profiles including similar industry sectors. Each county has at least one major university and a military installation where research and product development can occur.
This is a guide for cities to enhance one critical component of America’s shared prosperity: Training and employing people for the higher wage, family-supporting careers in the new clean, green, energy efficient job sectors. This city guide makes a strong case that pursuing a four-step strategy – essentially a metropolitan green business and jobs development plan – provides a wealth of environmental, economic, and social benefits, including what it calls “a pathway out of poverty” for thousands of unemployed, under-employed, and hard to employ people in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The report was prepared by the Apollo Alliance, Green For All, Center for American Progress and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has established guidelines to train and develop the state’s green collar workforce through an executive order that calls for the following: Requires state agencies to plan for growth of green industries and identifies those jobs that will qualify as “green jobs;” Creates a Green Collar Jobs Council comprising of state agencies; Investigates allocating funds for existing job training to the new comprehensive 21st Century Green Jobs Training Initiative; Investigates allocating up to 25 percent of funding from federal stimulus package for green, shovel-ready projects; Gives priority to green energy projects over other economic development projects when awarding grants from the Small Manufacturers Competitiveness Fund; and Develops a plan to implement a green transportation corridor. The intent of the executive order create a green workforce that will meet the needs of the growing clean energy business sector, attract new investments and help ensure a healthier environment for future generations.
A brief description of California, New Jersey, and Oregon’s efforts towards green partnerships and initiatives